Science in India, 2004-08

January 2010

Between 2004 and 2008, Thomson Reuters indexed 143,186 papers listing at least one author address in India. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in the field of chemistry, followed by agricultural sciences and materials science. As the right-hand column shows, the impact of India-based chemistry authors was 35% below the world impact average in the field for the five-year period (3.32 cites per paper for India versus the world mark of 5.06). On the other hand, India's performance was comparatively strong in physics (at 84% of the world mark, or just 16% below) and engineering (19% below).

Field Percentage of papers
from Science in India, 2004-08
Relative impact
compared to world
Chemistry 5.71 -35
Agricultural Sciences 5.65 -53
Materials Science 4.81 -24
Pharmacology & Toxicology 4.25 -39
Plant & Animal Science 3.77 -60
Physics 3.70 -16
Engineering 3.57 -19
Geosciences 3.13 -52
India's overall percent share, all fields: 2.94
Space Science 2.79 -40
Microbiology 2.79 -54
Biology & Biochemistry 2.74 -51
Environment/Ecology 2.72 -43
Mathematics 1.91 -43
Computer Science 1.73 -29
Immunology 1.58 -61
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.43 -60
Clinical Medicine 1.38 -51
Neuroscience & Behavior 0.94 -58
Economics & Business 0.72 -51
Social Sciences 0.67 -39
Psychiatry/Psychology 0.29 -18

SOURCE: National Science Indicators, 1981-2008 (containing listings of output and citation statistics for more than 170 countries; available in standard and deluxe versions from the Research Services Group).

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